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May 12, 2016

POLICY UPDATE

2016 ELECTION VOTERS GUIDE

The San Diego Regional Chamber is committed to ensuring business-friendly lawmakers are elected, as well as the needed reforms approved by voters. Use the following voters' guide to educate yourself about the candidates who are most committed to making San Diego a great place to do business.

Download the 2016 Voters Guide [PDF]
 

UPDATE: Policy Wins from the California-Mexico Trade Delegation
Last month, the Chamber sent 90 delegates to Mexico City to advocate on behalf of binational trade and policy collaboration. As a result:
  • The FMM tourist card is now confirmed to allow multiple entry points into Mexico into Mexico's border region,
     
  • We obtained a commitment from Mexican officials to reevaluate their funding and construction to maintain a completion date closer to the summer completion date, which is now July 15,
     
  • The land purchase for the Otay II Port of Entry (on the Mexican side) will be completed this year in order to keep the project on schedule,
     
  • Federal government representatives have agreed to a joint marketing plan proposed by the Sportfishing Association of California, and
     
  • The U.S. Embassy Charge D'Affaires confirmed progress is being made to consolidate the Trusted Traveler program between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
A big thank you goes to our Chamber members and elected officials who worked tirelessly during the delegation to make this progress possible. For a full recap, visit the Chamber website.

 
Chamber Launches Regional Jobs Strategy
On April 27, the Chamber - along with 44 partner organizations - launched a new coalition to create jobs for the entire Cali-Baja region.

Why this matters: Our data shows that San Diego's economic health is directly linked to its neighboring cities. By pooling our resources and creating one, unified strategy for job creation, we can build on current success and ensure new economic opportunities are secured for the entire region.

View the full release here.


 
Climate Action Funding Strategy Released
Last week, Mayor Faulconer released funding details that put into motion the implementation of San Diego's Climate Action Plan. The implementation includes a series of studies that will allow the City to prioritize actions that are most cost effective, and help us achieve the greatest amount of emissions reductions in the shortest period of time. This will allow the City of San Diego to successfully reach the set climate goals while protecting families and businesses from unnecessary costs.  

The Chamber led a coalition of business groups in support of the Climate Action Plan when it was first announced last year, and representatives from the Chamber currently sit on the Climate Action Plan's implementation working group.

 
Chamber Board of Directors Oppose AB 1711
Last month, the Chamber Board of Directors voted to oppose AB 1711, a bill that would require University of California (UC) campuses to limit nonresident undergraduates to 15.5 percent of the total student enrollment.

Why: The bill disproportionately affects the UC San Diego campus, whose state appropriations have already declined by 30 percent. (Currently, only 7 percent of UCSD's budget comes from state dollars.)

Supplemental tuition from nonresident undergraduates is necessary to keep tuition rates at a manageable level for local residents.


 
Strong Binational Leadership at the Front of Our Neighboring Countries' Embassies
After the post remained empty for ten months, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Roberta Jacobson as the new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Jacobson and the recently confirmed Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Sada are both strong leaders, and are expected to strengthen both countries' economic, political, and cultural relationships.

The Chamber team has been in support of Roberta Jacobson since her nomination last year, and looks forward to working with her during the next delegation trip to Mexico City.


 
Mexican Senate Confirms New Mexican Consul General in San Diego
Marcela Celorio, Mexico's new Consul General in San Diego, joined the Chamber delegation during its trip to Mexico City after being confirmed the same week. She is expected to begin her position in June of this year.

MORE NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Ribbon Cutting for Urban Wolf (May 14)
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Amgen Tour of California (May 15 - 22)
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New Year, New You: 2016 Fit for Life Success Event (May 16)
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Chamber Leadership Delegation to Sacramento (May 24)
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Execs Connect with Kelly McDonald (May 26)
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Business Climate Resilience Roundtable (June 8)
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Business After Five Mixer, Hosted by Center for Creative Leadership (June 8)
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San Diego Festival of the Arts (June 11-12)
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Taste of Ashley Lane Fitness (June 11)
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Chamber 101: How to Maximize Your Chamber Membership (June 15)
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Congressional Luncheon (June 20)
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70th Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball (July 29)
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Live Well San Diego 5K Walk/Run (July 30)
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Apply to the Chamber's International Business Internship Program

As part of the Chamber's initiative to help grow and train a highly-skilled workforce, the Chamber's International Business Affairs department has several internship opportunities available for high school and college students. If interested, please email Dana Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources Director at dstafford@sdchamber.org.
Get Recognized For Employing Veteran Staff Members

The Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee continues to accept applications to recognize businesses that hire veterans. We are proud to highlight firms that understand veteran hiring is a smart business move, and want to encourage additional participation.

A special acknowledgment goes to Palomar Health and Union Bank, our newest Honor Roll members! 

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Give Back to the Veteran Community Through Vets' Community Connections

Chamber members are strongly encouraged to volunteer for the Vets' Community Connections initiative and help veterans transition to civilian life. Volunteering is simple, easy, and works with your schedule! 

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OUR MISSION

 
To be the leading, most effective advocate and voice for business policy and connections in the San Diego-Baja California region.
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